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Uniform Titles are the next Big Thing January 23, 2007

Posted by Mia in FRBR.
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The problem with some key abstractions, like Uniform Titles, is that the guidelines governing their application [by humans] fail to be understood, and thus be applied with confidence and consistency. Not unlike Relator Terms. It would appear that these concepts continue to be lingering problems in FRBR as well.

Let’s try a thought experiment by asking anyone on the street: what is a uniform title? Seen one lately? How about a relator term?

One must already be in the know to answer the question at even an elemental level; and how far into ‘the know’ you have descended will determine whether or not you can assign/establish one (in cataloguing terms).

Further, if one must take pains to learn the proper way to identify/assign/construct the component parts of a Uniform Title, I doubt whether it can, in turn, be made transparently understood for the information-seeker.

To state the problem differently: If one wanted to provide faceted browsing for Uniform Title, what would the facet heading itself be called?

Compared to the following problem statement:

If one wanted to provide faceted browsing by Author, what would the facet heading itself be called? (Author, maybe?)

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